Not me, says Samuels
Not so fast, Mr Bravo.
Seems the back-and-forth between West Indies One-Day captain Dwayne Bravo, and outspoken teammate Marlon Samuels is far from over, with Samuels reiterating Monday night that he had not supported the players’ decision to withdraw from the tour of India a fortnight ago, and also casting plenty of blame on WIPA boss Wavell Hinds.
Samuels has strongly disagreed with the statement from Bravo, who said that the Jamaican had given consent to standing by “any decision taken by the team”, including abandoning the tour of India.
In an interview late Monday, Samuels pointed out that all three parties – the players, the West Indies Cricket Board and West Indies Players Association (WIPA) – had handled the situation inappropriately but directed scathing criticism at Wavell Hinds, saying that the WIPA president and CEO was the “real reason” the situation became “messed up”.
“No, I did not say that I am going to stand by any decision,” Samuels said in the telephone interview from Jamaica. “Because nobody asked me questions like that. It is up to the individual to say okay I am with you. You had people in the room that didn’t even open their mouth or say anything. At the end of the day, I went there and asked my questions and I wasn’t satisfied [by the response].”
This is the second time in less than a week Samuels has expressed a difference of opinion with Bravo in the public domain.
However, Samuels clarified that he had asked certain questions of Bravo in the two team meetings he had attended in India and, having failed to get a convincing response, he decided to stay away.
According to Samuels, he had asked Bravo to come out and explain to the Caribbean public the exact situation because failing to be transparent with them was not right.
“One of the questions I asked was the public don’t really know what is happening,” Samuels said. “The public is being misled. They need to know the truth behind this [pullout]. They need to go out there and explain what is really happening. He wasn’t willing to go and do that. That is why I say that if you are not up to doing what I want to go there and do, which is the right thing, then you are not going to get my full support.
Though Samuels said the blame for the tour abandonment should be spread among all the parties involved, he feels Hinds is most at fault.
“If you look at the situation, the real, real person here to be blamed is WIPA. Wavell Hinds, the president, that basically messed up everything. If you look at the situation you can’t really blame [the WICB] for accepting what Wavell has done. Wavell is the main problem here. The players are upset with what Wavell has done. But remember, I am not part of WIPA.”
Incidentally, representatives of all three factions met in Jamaica on Monday for “cordial and fruitful” discussions as described in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the meeting. WICB president Dave Cameron and Hinds were present at the meeting which also was attended by players representatives Andre Russell and Jason Holder, along with legal counsel. (BA/PR)